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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  86 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The Chronicles of Arthur, King of the Britons. Here is the dazzling epic of England's past..the birth of the nation that gave America birth..told with the sweep and vigor of history and romance that only a master storyteller can conjure.
Paperback, 509 pages
Published December 13th 1980 by Dell (first published 1980)
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Oh boy! I slogged through more than half this book and finally decided to call it quits. I wanted to like this, I mean I'm a huge fan of anything Arthur, but this book seemed to go from one gory battle to another with not much else inbetween. There was quite a bit of the young Arthur story, of which some passages were very slow. It was only at the point where I stopped reading that Excalibur finally came into the picture.

I didn't know what to expect from this book, but upon reading what I did,
Mark Major
Excalibur! (1980) by Gil Kane and John Jakes is a bit of an odd bird. It lacks the fantastical grandeur of John Boorman's 1981 film of the same name (minus the exclamation point) though it seems Boorman wasn't completely unaware of this version of the Arthurian legend. There are a few scenes (Arthur-Mordred's impaled embrace in death, Morgana's imprisonment of Merlin), which find echoes in that film. It also lacks the brilliance of Marion Zimmer Bradley's revisionist The Mists of Avalon. The cha ...more
Beautifully written, at times poetic. Epic story of Arthur's Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table. Amazing story.
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Phil Gladden
This book was written to coincide with the movie release , but it stands apart from the movie. It is really a great book
A beautiful retelling of the Arthurian story. Along with Mists of Avalon, the best Arthur book. Worth searching for.
Read this several times as a teenager, really enjoyed it quite a bit.
Alexander widrow
Really good read for an Arthurian enthusiast.
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